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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Makes the Best of Talladega Stinker

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Talladega Superspeedway is usually a toss-up, where craziness is the norm and staidness need not apply.  At least on Sunday, that was not the case. Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 had the second-lowest number of lead changes in any Cup race ever run on the 2.66-mile tri-oval (15).  Why?  Because Stewart-Haas Racing apparently found a way to …

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Up to Speed: Patience Carries Aric Almirola to Victory

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the last year and a half, has any driver in NASCAR experienced the highs and lows of professional stock car racing more than Aric Almirola? The scene of Almirola slumped against his battered No. 10 Ford at Dover International Speedway last week seemed to encapsulate a season of lost opportunities.  It was not just …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Aric Almirola Finally in Victory Lane After Stewart-Haas Domination at Talladega

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Who’s in the headline There is domination by drivers and domination by teams. Sunday was total domination by the Stewart-Haas Racing organization. They won every stage and the race with a different driver doing each, and the driver who didn’t win any of them finished second in all three. In the end, fuel mileage bit …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 1000Bulbs.com 500

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? How about three of them this week?  It’s impossible to ignore the finishes Jimmie Johnson and Paul Menard had because both were 35th or worse at some point. Johnson spun early and recovered to seventh, while Menard had a couple of issues, losing two laps before coming back to …

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Aric Almirola Finally Victorious at Talladega

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

After numerous almosts throughout the 2018 season, Aric Almirola finally won. The 34-year-old outlasted the field on fuel to take home the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 14). Almirola made it to the checkered flag on fuel through overtime while his dominant Stewart-Haas Racing teammates, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick, ran …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Chase Elliott Fires Up the Siren a 2nd Time

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who’s in the headline Chase Elliott lost a heartbreaking race at Dover in the fall of 2017 and blamed himself solely for the loss. Sunday was a complete team effort that vaulted Elliott to Victory Lane and a berth in the Round of 8. Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola both appeared headed to victory early …

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Aric Almirola Comes Up Short After Leading Late at Dover

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Dover International Speedway played devil’s advocate as Aric Almirola appeared to cruise to his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But that’s when the monster tamed the No. 10 team, just moments before the checkered flag would wave. The driver of the No. 10 Ford sat on pit road, staring at race winner Chase Elliott …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Ryan Blaney Wins the ROVAL, Kyle Larson Survives to Advance

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Who’s in the headline The list of road course favorites was long going into the first ROVAL race, and it was a safe bet that Ryan Blaney wasn’t on most of those lists. However, sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, and Blaney was lucky to be in the right place at the …

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Kurt Busch Wins Bank of America ROVAL 400 Pole

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch was able to put down a lap of 106.868 mph Friday afternoon.  That lap was just enough for the 2004 Cup champion to claim the pole for Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400. “To have this little [pole] trophy next to me means a lot,” Busch said afterwards.  “It brings me …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: Things Just Got Silly

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

You can say that NASCAR isn’t exciting these days, but this year, that certainly doesn’t include Silly Season.  Both rumors and moves started early and have become hot and heavy over the last few weeks. Drivers moving on so far this year include Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr. (No. …

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